Sunday, May 20, 2012

Musical journey (24)

For those of you who pore through horoscopes religiously, this month’s musical journey is for you. Astrology has been used for millennia to govern how people live and make decisions, something that I personally do not buy into. An amusing example would be when I come across people who cross-reference their zodiac signs with their potential dates’ to get an idea of compatibility. Regardless of how well or not the signs match up, wouldn’t it be somewhat of a self-realising prophecy when we go into life decisions with that knowledge already in our heads?

I am sure there is a purpose for astrology even in this time and age, or else tales of Niu Lang and Zhi Nü or Chang’e and Hou Yi wouldn’t have been passed down for generations. In this information age, there is a lot of pseudo-facts thrown at you every second of your life and not all of those are tried and true. For every bit of information someone puts out there for the world to see, there is always a motive and agenda. Don't get me wrong, they could all very well have good intentions behind those motives but we should always take their agenda into consideration when listening to what they have to say.

I am a born-skeptic and like everyone else, I also harbour an agenda when I tell you this. But the bottom line is I would rather err on the conservative questioning side and I urge everyone to do the same. How can I not be a skeptic when it comes to horoscopes when a quick scan for my sign Scorpio across three popular websites reveal they all say different things?

Site #1
Don't let your fear or anger get the better of you today, Scorpio. You're going to be pushed to the forefront and you may even be forced to make some big decisions regarding the direction of your professional life. Perhaps you've been feeling that it's a little premature to take action, but, frankly, you no longer have any choice. Whether you know it or not, you're ready!

Site #2
The more positive you set your mind to become, the easier it will be to adapt to changes. Some changes now may involve a change of residence or a new member of the family. This is a cycle of nostalgia and domesticity emphasizing a need for security and a sense of roots. Family, home, relatives and real estate may play a big part in your life now. Take caution in domestic projects such as major home repairs or redecorating.

Site #3
It's a good day for a long nap, or for spending some time curled up in your favorite comfy chair. Reading is a good imaginative activity. So is simply letting your mind wander. You're in a highly creative mindset under the current influence, and you're particularly susceptible to anything that appeals to that side of you. Let your thoughts enter the realm of fantasy. Entertain delicious visions, even if they could never be real.

Well you get my point. As for the song I have written, I tried to incorporate all the twelve zodiac signs as well as a couple of Chinese legends to tell a tale of a Scorpio leaning on horoscopes to predict his fate with a Capricorn, a process that creates more confusion and angst than good. A fun little fact: I wrote this song when I was in the army in an overnight jungle mission gazing at the stars above me.


/ 词 / 曲 : 锦泉

仰望夜空    一颗颗星遥遥地在闪烁


就只有    指点迷津的星座



就只有    指点迷津的星座


Gazing at the night sky filled with stars
Flickering their light in the distance
As if they have lots to tell me
Leo, Taurus and Aries galloping away in the limitless expanse
Chased by the meteor that hurries past

Gemini and Virgo with their entangling love triangle
Cancer and Pisces frolicking in the galactic river
Those few lines read repeatedly like an exciting novel

Zhi Nü (Vega) looking across the Milky Way shedding a tear
Time hangs heavily for Hou Yi in the mortal plains
Faced with love, what else can I do
Other than to rely on horoscopes to point the way

Some say that Scorpio and Capricorn can never spark off the flame of love
Please don’t tell me we can only pass each other by

Aquarius floods and sinks all hopes
Libra fails to provide the balance between right and wrong
Sagittarius heartlessly pierces through my heart

Niu Lang (Altair) bears the pain till he can see his love again
Chang’e (Moon Goddess) guarding her loneliness in her palace
Looking at you, what else can I do
Other than to rely on horoscopes to point the way

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Did you say 5? Yes 5!

Today is a very special day for it marks the half-a-decade anniversary for Ision and I.

I am at the stage of the relationship where if you were to ask me about details around the first few months of us being together, I would have a hard time coming up with something concrete. For instance the other night we saw this Asian guy with a blonde mohawk and Ision remarked that when he first saw me in person, I was sporting almost the same hairstyle. Ahem, this hairstyle:

Anyway back to us. Things have become very comfortable between us (think old married couple comfort). Perhaps the only thing bad about that is we are so comfortable with where we are now that we don't see a need to try new things, know new people and visit new places. This explains why after living in Melbourne for more than four months, we have not ventured very much out of the confines of the city where we live. Maybe we are just lazy. I am not sure if you count this comfort zone an adverse thing but here we are. Five years from when it all started. Him and I on an adventure together.

Even though you might think that we are in some sort of a social rut, it is in fact quite fine. Being in a same room and not communicating but knowing what each other feels, getting home from work all tired but always getting the kiss that makes it all OK and speaking in a language that only the both of us out of this whole wide world understand. That is what I call exclusive and unique, a special bond that no one else except us needs to comprehend and can break.

Sometimes Ision wonders if I have settled for second best and my only response to him is "everyone has issues, what makes you think your issues are worse than those of the next person who comes along, he will just have a different bag of issues, a bag that I would have to sort through, rationalise and accept all over again." That is the practical side of me speaking as love to me is not a lofty concept but something that needs to be grounded in reality for it to work. For reality is where we all live in.

The weather is gettting chillier by the day and as the end of autumn approaches, I am sure we will do much more hugging and snuggling to keep warm (can this blog get any more mushy?) and don't get me started on how good it feels to give my guy a big squeeze. Just thinking of the hug now gives me that tingly feeling inside. That is what five years in a relationship can do to you. You should all try it!

It will be a quiet day for both of us unless he springs a surprise on me today. I am all for staying in but I do enjoy some fancy dining on special occasions once in a while. Hint hint!

So here's to another five years to make a full decade. Check back then to see how things go but I have a strong inkling that all that is written in this post can be re-blogged wholesale with just changes in numbers. And that is a good thing!

Happy 5th anniversary my love.